Archive for the ‘Editors’ Dispatches’ Category

Managing Editor Lisa Ampleman on Our Summer Issue

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The Third C of Good Copyediting: Clarity

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Acre Editor Nicola Mason continues her YouTube series on the Five Cs of Good Copyediting. This week: CLARITY


The Second C of Good Copyediting: Consistency

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Another episode in our YouTube series on the Five C’s of Good Copyediting. Nicola Mason discusses the second C: Consistency

The First C of Good Copyediting: Conformity

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Nicola Mason continues her YouTube series on the five Cs of good copyediting. If you missed the intro, check it out before moving on to the first C: CONFORMITY.

Meet and Greet

Friday, January 27th, 2017

A video marking the changing of the CR guard. Becky Adnot-Haynes speaks about submissions, grip strength, and pizza. (Cameo by Nicola Mason’s boots.)

On Copyediting—a 7-part YouTube Series

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Ever wonder what the differences are between good copyediting and bad copyediting? Follow our new Cincinnati RevYouTube 7-part copyediting series, hosted by the Editor of Acre Books, Nicola Mason.

On My First Week as Managing Editor

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

One week ago today I began my new role as managing editor of The Cincinnati Review. In addition to wresting The Chicago Manual of Style from former managing editor Nicola Mason, who is small but mighty, I’ve learned that this gig requires wearing many hats (metaphorical hats, not actual ones. Hats look weird on me, and they make my head sweat.) Anyway, here are some of the first tasks I’ve tackled.IMG_7478 (2)

  1. Traversed campus twice in a quest to track down my office keys and ID card, which were thrust into limbo when a holiday threw the university’s key-makers off their game. Did you know that UC’s campus is known for its striking, innovative modern architecture? Did you know that striking, innovative modern architecture sometimes makes it hard to know where staircases lead?
  2. Scheduled a pizza party, then promptly cancelled it after catching the stomach flu from my twenty-two-month-old son. I also learned that pizza parties—OK, fine, meetings—a staple of the office when I was a graduate student on staff, languished after my departure. “You really like pizza,” I remember Nicola commenting. Yes, yes I do.
  3. Hired, from a pool of impressive candidates, two new staffers for next year, when two of our current staffers will (sniff) depart.
  4. Made arrangements to attend AWP, where I’ll work the CR’s table alongside our other editors, attend sessions, and (yay!) go to this year’s Monster Mags of the Midwest event.
  5. Wrote content and considered strategy for the magazine’s social media channels. Plus, Nicola and I filmed content for Cincinnati RevYouTube. Keep an eye out. (And follow us on Twitter!)
  6. Read several promising submissions passed on to me by the staff. And even though all of them won’t make their way into our pages—we, like most lit mags, receive more worthy work than we can fit into our issues—we still read these pieces with care and consideration, often requesting that the writer try us again.

Most of all, I’ve been heartened by things. I’m heartened by my colleagues at the magazine, who have kept the magazine afloat during this transition. I’m heartened that there are so many writers out there producing gorgeous work, work that cuts to the vital force of human experience. I’m heartened by our subscribers, who support the magazine and read the work we produce. Most of all, I’m heartened that I have a job where I get to help pieces of art make their way into the world. That’s something that definitely deserves a pizza party/meeting.

CR under New Management

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017


Becky Adnot-Haynes

Becky Adnot-Haynes

It’s our pleasure to announce that, as of next week, Becky Adnot-Haynes will be moving into the Managing Editor position here at CR. She’s replacing Nicola Mason, who’ll turn her attention to launching the book-publishing arm of the journal, to be called Acre Books. More soon on Acre. For now, let’s tell you a bit about Becky, who’s been an asset to the mag for many years. She began reading as a volunteer way back in 2009, came on staff in 2012—working as Assistant Editor, then Associate Editor, in our snug little office—and while earning her PhD in fiction published The Year of Perfect Happiness in 2014 (winner of The Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction). After graduation, Becky worked in advertising, honing her writing and editing skills. Now she returns to 369 McMicken Hall to champion literature once more. When we forced her to make a statement, she had this to say about her “dream job”:

“The Cincinnati Review is one of the most awesome literary magazines around, and I’m honored to join its ranks. I look forward to upholding the magazine’s commitment to publishing fresh, diamond-sharp prose and poetry, and to working with the staff to continue to usher it forward. Thanks, CR, for having me!”


Contest Winners!

Saturday, October 1st, 2016


Winners of the Seventh Annual Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose

Aaron Coleman for his poem “Very Many Hands”

Maureen McGranaghan for her story “Stylites Anonymous”


First off, a big thank you to all who submitted! It was a pleasure to read such a rich variety of poetry. From the formal to the experimental, there was no lack of innovation and ambition in the work. We were moved especially by the social consciousness exhibited by a majority of the pieces. This made for an enlightening and cathartic reading experience. Adding to this were poems whose engagement with ideas on music, travel, childhood, and locale all resonated with heart and insight.

One of the pleasures of reading fiction submissions for the Schiff Prize is that we are given a glimpse of all the wonderful things happening on the literary landscape. Without question, aesthetic paradigms are changing. The theme of identity crisis—both personal and cultural—seems to be a common preoccupation, and writers are grappling with this in new and sophisticated ways. The stories and essays we read revealed the contingent and unstable nature of humanity as well as how minds work in dramatically changing circumstances. We were pleased and excited to witness the collective push toward innovation, to see the rules of fiction changing before our eyes.


Jacob M. Appel

Laine Cunningham

Jonathan Durbin

S. L. Ferraro

Nathaniel Garcia

Ryan Harper

Rebecca Hazelwood

Rob Hicks

April Kelly

Ryan Kim

Hannah King

Ruth Lacey

Valerie Laken

Lisa Lenzo

Jessica Lipnack

Emily McLaughlin

Beverly Tan Murray

Ben Nickol

Lisa Nikolidakis

David Norman

John Paul Rollert

Christa Romanosky

Sarah Rossiter

Nicole Santalucia

Phillip Sterling

Barrett Swanson

Aaron Troye-White

Cady Vishniac

Steven Wineman

Kim Young


Tune in next week for the judges’ comments on the winning poem and story!

A Visit from Sandra Cisneros

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

cisnerosOur new literary nonfiction editor, Kristen Iversen, is thrilled to welcome Sandra Cisneros to UC for a Q & A and public reading on Wednesday, September 28.

For those with blinders on and earplugs in, Cisneros just won the prestigious PEN Center 2016 Literary Award for her latest book, A House of My Own: Stories from My Life.  (She was asked to be in New York to accept this award on September 28, but recorded a video acceptance so she can be here in Cincinnati that evening.) And if that’s not enough to entice locals and others within driving distance to our humble (actually, it’s quite nice) campus on a Wednesday afternoon and evening, we’ll mention that this popular and critically acclaimed author has just been awarded the National Medal of Arts. President Obama will present this award to Cisneros on September 22. She will join us just a few days later!

Details for the events on September 28 are as follows.

2-3 PM: Q & A with students and faculty, Tangeman University Center 400A

7 PM:  Public reading, Tangeman University Center 220 (Main Street Cinema)